Obama withdrew from Iraq but has institutionalized drone warfare--including the White House's central role in selecting targets. This book is dedicated to all those writers who have given us the information—if we will only use it—to halt the flight before the drone hits its target. What has come into view, Gardner argues, is the new face of American presidential power: high—tech, secretive, global, and lethal. Then there is a wise old colonel, Paul Miles of West Point and Princeton, with whom lunch has become a seminar on U. However hateful Saddam Hussein was, he posed no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors. The mind-set that got us into war was really a description of the neocon obsession with Saddam Hussein, not a more general commitment to peaceful diplomacy over the use of force.
My old friends and colleagues are the usual suspects who turn up in all my books: Marilyn Young, who showers me with crucial information on a daily basis, and Walter LaFeber and Tom McCormick, who are still always ready to offer their best opinions—after nearly fifty-seven years of a never-ending conversation on American foreign policy. I may not agree with the authors political slant but I did certainly discover information I wasn't aware of before. Isnt that what happened with Russia as well. They are not thrilled about drone warfare, but they trust the president more than they did George W. That phrase sounded very much like an opening call for a foreign policy debate on national security policy beyond the rhetoric of American exceptionalism and Cold War triumphalism—somewhere that maybe 80 to 90 percent of the members of his own party feared to tread. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact.
By President Obama's second administration, pressure to withdraw from Afghanistan was irresistible. It merely bought time while problems festered and ideologies of violence took hold. And within that sentence, the key word would turn out to be potential, for there is where the drone debate eventually led—whether the threats to be addressed by the use of drone attacks were potential or imminent, and whether they were the same thing. Nor do I pretend to understand the stark nihilism that drove the terrorists that day and that drives their brethren still. Killing Machine skillfully narrates the drawdown in Iraq, the counterinsurgency warfare in Afghanistan, the rise of the use of drones, and targeted assassinations from al-Awlaki to Bin Laden—drawing from the words of key players in these actions as well as their major public critics. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp s.
As in so many cases, how one parsed presidential language supplied answers—if not always the right ones—to such questions. A specialist in 20th century , Gardner has held several national fellowships, including two in and , and a. What has come into view, Gardner argues, is the new face of American presidential power: high—tech, secretive, global, and lethal. Drone warfare is a very special case, however, for government officials—pleading different reasons at different times—have refused in public speeches and in responses to lawsuits to acknowledge ownership of attacks on certain targets, especially those outside recognized war zones. Penalties were put in place by Congress to prevent U. The Meaning of Two Deaths; 7.
The president then proceeded to describe what made up the American character and determined its sense of mission to the world. Your nation and mine in the past have been willing to make a bargain to tolerate oppression for the sake of stability. It's not a slow read, so maybe I will finish it, maybe not. This book did not meet those expectations. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. But then counterinsurgency doctrine disappeared in the Hindu Kush, and drones soared upward out of the confusion, becoming the weapons of choice against would-be evildoers everywhere.
Gardner, The Road to Tahrir Square: Egypt and the United States from the Rise of Nasser to the Fall of Mubarak, New York: The New Press, 2011. If al Qaeda had lost half its leadership, had been deprived of its sanctuary in Afghanistan, and was on the run— permanently—what was left of this unprecedented challenge? American Hubris; Afterword: The New Normal? Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp s. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. In the end I dont think Obama's legacy will be a positive one, not unless one focuses just on the Affordable Care Act and forgets everything else. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.
Gardner concludes that drones offer a deceptively easy way to continue our seemingly perpetual war against terrorism, but at the expense of the Constitution. Gardner argues that, despite cosmetic changes, Obama has simply built on the expanding power base of presidential power that reaches back across decades and through multiple administrations. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Would any sane leader who would ever seek reelection denounce these devises in favor of the possibility of having a soldier killed? The opening salvo of the war was a series of decapitating air strikes to kill the tyrant. Obama withdrew from Iraq but has institutionalized drone warfare--including the White House's central role in selecting targets.
In this shattering new assessment, historian Lloyd C. So it makes me wonder what is really going on and what it all really is about. Gardner was the Professor of History at , where taught since 1963. There are other nations who have far worse human rights violations and yet they are not invaded, nor do they plan to be. The condition of this book is as stated above, however this book is slightly damaged in some way.
How come people and groups we supported in the past and had them assist in meeting a certain agenda are now labeled enemies? And the lies they tell that the drone strikes only kill or maim a few innocent civilians. In this shattering new assessment, historian Lloyd C. Among the abuses he found: Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees; pouring cold water on naked detainees; beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair; threatening male detainees with rape; allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell; sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick, and using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee. In this shattering new assessment, historian Lloyd C. In this shattering new assessment, historian Lloyd C. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including The Long Road to Baghdad, Three Kings, The Road to Tahrir Square, Killing Machine, and The War on Leakers, and a co-editor, with Marilyn B. Foreign Policy From the 1970s to the Present, New York: The New Press, 2008.